1893 - Goulburn Penny Post Article
The Goulburn Evening Penny Post, 28th October 1893.
Says Braidwood Dispatch: Mr. Arthur Marrin, cordial manufacturer, met with a rather awkward reception as he was going in to Captains Flat on Friday last with a load of cordials. Shortly after getting upon the turn off road from the Cooma road, within two or three miles of the Flat township, he noticed his dog running up out of the bush at full tear and cleared off down the road in a terrible scare.
He got down to see what had frightened him, when a formidable animal with which he was entirely unacquainted jumped up the lower bank on to the road. It frightened him quite as much as the dog, as it standing up on it's two hind legs with its two fore feet stretched out likethe two arms of a man.
The road being a cutting on a hill side, was narrow, and the animal was making for him, either to follow the dog or spring upon himself. Being unarmed, having only the whip in his hand, which would have made very little impression upon such an antagonist, he dropped the whip and picked up a stone which lay close to him, which he threw at the beast, striking it on the temple, bringing it to the ground.
He then ran up to it and finished it with the but end of his whip. After he killed it he left it on the road, and on hisreturn to Braidwood put its body in the cart and brought it home with him. We paid a visit to Mr. Marrin's factory on Saturday and inspected it.
It was four feet long, 11 inches across the forehead, with a face very much like a polar bear. It weighed over 7 stone. Its forearms were very strong, with great paws that would be capable of giving a terrible grip.
It was tan clour like a possum with strong hair on its skin. When Mr. Marrin encounted it, it stood between 6-7 feet high. Some people think it is identical with a beast which has frightened several teamsters travelling through Parkers gap on the Cooma road at various times, so much that they have left their horses and run away.
Such an animal has been reported as visiting selectors places at Molonglo and Foxlowe, and there have been reports of the presence of similar ones in the Budawang and Sassafras ranges. It has gone by the name of the Hairy man.
Other persons maintain it is merely a wombat and perfectly harmless. Met under such circumstances as those under which Mr. Marrin met it, most persons, however, would be inclined to give it a wide berth if possible, but as Mr. Marrin could not get away from it, he had to face it.
The beast was a male.
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